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News online for Encinitas, Calif.

North Coast Current

News online for Encinitas, Calif.

North Coast Current

Oceanside “BattleBots” team Gigabyte, led by John Mladenik (center right), started as a hobby project 20 years ago and has grown into a major contender in the televised sport on the Discovery Channel. (BattleBots photo)

Oceanside ‘BattleBots’ team taking a Gigabyte out of the competition

Clark Fahrenthold April 20, 2022
San Diego County, as we all know, is home to a multitude of sports teams. The Padres, the San Diego Loyal, San Diego Wave FC, the Soccers, the Seals. But perhaps the region’s most unique and thrilling resides in Oceanside in the professional “BattleBots” team Gigabyte.
Ukrainian flags are shown during an anti-invasion protest near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 26. (Photo by Yohan Marion via Unsplash)

Worries for loved ones in Ukraine run deep for North Coast residents

Roxana Becerril March 9, 2022
An unexpected text message from a friend was all it took. What started off as a normal work day quickly turned south in a matter of seconds for Luke Miller, a local San Diegan of Ukrainian descent and member of St. John the Baptizer Ukrainian Catholic Church. Shortly after hearing the chime of a new message, Miller found the following words on his phone screen: “Russia is invading.”
The rooftop sign for Leucadia restaurant Capn Kenos is currently off the building for refurbishing. (Encinitas Historical Society photo)

Some Encinitas residents not too keen on proposed Keno’s development

Charlene Pulsonetti February 25, 2022
When early conceptual renderings were circulated showing a proposed development to replace Cap’n Keno’s restaurant in the Encinitas community of Leucadia, criticism grew in social media circles, which included the distribution of petitions calling for a stop to the project.
A sunflower is on display at Sunshine Gardens in Encinitas on May 28, 2021. The longtime garden shop is closing after 50 years. (Sunshine Gardens photo)

Goodbye, Sunshine: Iconic Encinitas business to close after 50 years

Charlene Pulsonetti December 28, 2021
Nestled between Quail Gardens Drive and Encinitas Boulevard, Sunshine Gardens has served as more than just a nursery for the past 50 years. For the community, it has been a nurturing space where memories are made.
Roger Teten and cat play on a pedal-driven car in east Encinitas in 1930. (San Dieguito Heritage Museum photo)

Handmade gifts to flower shows: Encinitas holidays nearly a century ago

Charlene Pulsonetti December 23, 2021
As winter brought shorter days and colder nights, Encinitas families pulled canned goods from their pantries and surely shared excess with those less fortunate. They shared their culture through holiday treats, and folks like the Eckes helped put the community on the map with their poinsettias.
Encinitas-based Ovation Theatre presented an online production of the musical “All Shook Up” at the start of 2021. The show was filmed at grounds that featured historic buildings, a circular stage, and land that was converted into an outdoor roving theater. (Ovation Theatre photo)

Local theaters raise their curtains once again after yearlong intermission

Roxana Becerril September 24, 2021
A year and three vaccines after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, coastal North County performing arts centers are finally staging a comeback.
The swing ride is among the primary attractions at the San Diego County Fair, where attendees enjoyed the sunset from above the crowds on the evening of June 23. (Photo by Bella Ross)

Visitors savor return of San Diego County Fair after pandemic lockdown

Bella Ross June 30, 2021
Long lines and big crowds have become almost as integral to the San Diego County Fair experience as fried foods. But this year’s event is like no other.
As the city of Encinitas develops a streetscape plan for Birmingham Drive in Cardiff, community members are discussing ways to preserve its self-funded sidewalk, pictured April 28. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Cardiff weighs community sidewalk’s future amid Encinitas roadway plan

Julia Shapero April 30, 2021
As designs for a series of improvements along Birmingham Drive near completion, the Cardiff-by-the-Sea community has begun to make plans to save community-based sidewalk art from the 1980s that runs along the street.
A map shows the proposed scale of the Encinitas Boulevard Apartments in Olivenhain. (Encinitas city document image)

Large-scale Encinitas housing proposal sets stage for 2021 cycle

Ethan Edward Coston December 31, 2020
The next housing cycle begins in 2021, and state law requires Encinitas to pass another housing policy. The Encinitas Boulevard Apartments, a new development proposed in Olivenhain, has sparked controversy among residents.
Photo of newspaper on fire. (Photo illustration by Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash)

From pledges to the polls, Encinitas grapples with dearth of election civility

Ethan Edward Coston October 31, 2020
As national political debate becomes plagued with toxicity and disinformation, Encinitas residents have noticed the same behavior trickle into local elections, such as the city’s mayoral race.
A woman rides a bicycle Wednesday, June 10, south along new protected bike lines on Coast Highway 101 through Cardiff in Encinitas. (Photo by Jen Acosta)

Cyclists question safety of new Encinitas bike lane design through Cardiff

Bella Ross June 12, 2020
Encinitas officials have defended a new protected bikeway along Coast Highway 101 between Cardiff and Solana Beach that may seem inviting for less-experienced cyclists but has actually been the site of multiple accidents, even striking some of the area’s most veteran riders.
The historic Twin Inns building is shown at sunrise behind Carlsbad’s downtown sign. (Photo by Art Wager, iStock Getty Images)

Hoping for business: Carlsbad merchants eye lifting of restrictions

Bella Ross June 12, 2020
Carlsbad, a city that has long been fueled by its strong tourism and industrial sectors, faces an entirely different set of considerations when it comes to approaching business during the COVID-19 pandemic. The city generates the second highest tourism revenue in San Diego County.
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